Since the 1970s, a great number of experimental and ethnomethodological studies have brought out the fact that social interaction influences cognitive development. However, two major questions remain: what is the true nature of this influence and what are the most relevant methods to catch it?
The contributions of this Special Issue are in keeping with these concerns regarding more adequate methods to describe and analyze, within a same functional unit, at least three levels of comprehension of socio-cognitive phenomena: the individual’s cognitive functioning; the socio-cognitive functioning of the dyad or the small group; and finally, the way the first two elements are mediated by discursive activities.
C. Sorsana, Introduction. C. Sorsana, Peers' Verbal Interactions Specificity on Cognitive Development. V. Tartas, A.N. Perret-Clermont, Socio-cognitive Dynamics in Dyadic Interaction: How Do You Work Together to Solve Kohs Cubes? I. Olry-Louis, I. Soidet, Collaborative Writing Devices, Types of Cooperation, and Individual Acquisitions. J.P. Roux, An Interlocutory Analysis as a Methodological Approach in Studying Cognitivo-linguistic Mediations: Interest, Difficulties, Limits… A.Trognon, C. Sorsana, M. Batt, D. Longin, Peer Interaction and Problem Solving: One Example of a Logical-discursive Analysis of a Process of Joint Decision Making.